Moving to a New Home: The Ultimate Guide

Moving to a new home – and moving day in particular – can an exciting and rewarding experience, that ends with you settling into your ideal new space. But moving can also be filled with stress and frustration if you don’t know what you’re doing. 

Planning ahead is critical to making the move to a new home worth the effort. We’re breaking down the process step by step so that moving to your dream home doesn’t turn into a nightmare experience:

Before the Move

Moving day will go much smoother if you’ve taken time to plan a few things beforehand. Consider the following action items to take care of before you start moving to a new home:

Plan for Moving Costs

Moving isn’t cheap, regardless of whether you’re using a moving company or doing it all yourself. You’ll need to budget for expenses, such as moving supplies, gas and transportation, and hiring movers to avoid financial surprises. Check with your experienced local real estate agent to learn more about moving costs in your area.

Pack Right

Packing is arguably the most frustrating (and time-consuming) part of moving. How many boxes do you need? How should you label them? How should you pack fragile items so they don’t break?

Take a look at our best practices that can help you pack like a pro:

  • Pack items room by room and label boxes with their contents.
  • Use boxes designed for moving (they hold up better in the process).
  • Some things – like laptops, cash, expensive jewelry, or hazardous material – should not be packed and transported by moving vans.
  • Pack a box of supplies that you’ll need immediately: toilet paper, trash bags, basic dishes, cleaning supplies, phone chargers, medications, change of clothes, etc.

In addition, consider having a yard sale to get rid of items and make a little cash in the process. Starting the packing process early also gives you time to toss old junk you don’t want to carry to your new home. 

Prepare Your Family

Moving with kids and pets adds a layer of complexity to the process. Prepare your family for moving day so they know what to expect. You can even assign them specific jobs so they can be part of the experience.

Also, make sure you arrange for safe transportation for your pet. Pet carriers, harnesses, and other essentials should be cleaned and ready to go.

Hire Movers

When moving to a new home, you have two options: ask friends and family to help or hire professional movers. 

If your budget allows, it’s almost always better to leave it to the local professionals. They’re skilled at moving furniture, boxes, and precious items quickly, with little risk of damage. They can move heavy items that could strain you or family members. They’re also focused on work and won’t let social distractions get in the way. 

If you’re hiring movers, call around to get quotes as prices can vary between moving companies. Make sure you look at user reviews to learn about their reputation and what other customers liked or didn’t like. You can also check with your real estate agent to get recommendations.

The worst thing you could do is choose the cheapest company to save money without first doing your homework. Take time to explore your options so you can feel confident about getting your belongings from Point A to Point B quickly and safely.

On Moving Day

When moving day arrives, all your planning will pay off. Consider the following survival tips to make it a smooth, efficient process:

Have a Strategy Session

Meet with your movers or other helpers when they arrive to talk about the day’s plan. You want to make sure each person knows their role, where the new house is, and where items need to go once they arrive. This only takes a few minutes but can make a huge impact on the efficiency of the moving process. 

Keep a Loose Schedule

Remember that things can sometimes go wrong during a move – some items may not arrive on time, movers may take longer to load and transport your items, etc. Allow some flexibility in your schedule to avoid trying to do too much in a single day. If necessary, stretch your move over the course of several days to allow for more time and less hassle.

Get Moving to a New Home in the GTA!

Moving is the final step standing between you and your new home, so take time to do it right. Eventually, you’ll be settled and living your new life, and all that time and effort of moving will be far behind you.